Zaraki Zaraki’s release of Shikai proves to be one of the most powerful in Soul Society, cutting through space and destroying a giant asteroid with ease. Despite wearing an eyepatch, Zaraki’s raw strength is unmatched, overwhelming an extremely dangerous opponent and defeating him simply by trying to increase his strength. Fans eagerly await the arrival of Zaraki’s Bankai, anticipating an even greater level of power unimaginable after witnessing the sheer power of his Shikai.
Warning: spoilers for Bleach: A Thousand Years of Blood Episode 20BleachThe long-awaited reveal of Kenpachi Zaraki’s Shikai release has finally happened, and the power he displays with just this first release is enough to make some Bankai look pathetic.
While battling against the powerful Sternritter known as Gremmy Thoumeaux, whose abilities are limited only by his imagination, the villain summons a massive asteroid that threatens to destroy him. Destroy the entire Seireitei along with friends and enemies. That threat was all Zaraki needed to justify withdrawing his Shikai, first releasing Zanpakuto at an early stage, an ability he only recently unlocked after a mortal battle with Retsu Unohana. Zaraki’s incredible mental pressure combined with the release of Shikai gave him a level of power he had never seen before, allowing him to destroy meteorites with a single strike.
Zaraki’s Shikai is one of Soul Society’s strongest Shikai
In his Shikai state, Zaraki’s Zanpakuto, Nozarashi, looks less like a sword but more like a giant ax, a weapon more suited to the intense style of chopping and slashing that Zaraki fights. In addition to destroying meteorites, Nozarashi also demonstrated his power by cutting through the fabric of space to escape another attack from Gremmy, an attack that sealed Zaraki into a vacuum. Not only is this achieved at the Shikai level rather than at the fully released Bankai level, but Zaraki continues to wear the eyepatch that inhibits his psychic powers throughout the fight, proving that it even maybe even stronger.
While Zaraki’s Zanpakuto may not be one of the best looking Zanpakuto, it is certainly one of the strongest Zanpakuto seen in the series so far. Fans have been waiting a long time for this reveal, as Zaraki’s innate powers are sure to impress his Zanpakutos, and this scene certainly did not disappoint. Gremmy is an extremely dangerous opponent and could have killed any other Death Captain he has faced, but Zaraki’s raw strength, even when wearing an eyepatch, is something that Sternritter singles out. simply incomparable. It’s not uncommon for a villain to die just from trying to power up an opponent’s level, but Zaraki did it.
With Shikai’s state revealed, the prediction is only reinforced by the inevitable reveal of Zaraki’s Bankai, who may wield an almost unimaginable level of power. Given all that Zaraki had to do to get his sword’s name, including killing Unohana, it’s good to see that the power he has is truly as amazing as one would expect. There are still many dangerous opponents that Zaraki will have to face in Bleachso hopefully one will show his full true power to surprise both enemies and allies.